1 The divisions of Aarons descendants were as follows: Aarons sons were Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar.
2 Nadab and Abihu died before their father died, and neither had any children. So Eleazar and Ithamar served as priests.
3 David, Eleazars descendant Zadok, and Ithamars descendant Ahimelech divided Aarons descendants into groups for service.
4 Since Eleazars descendants had more men who were family heads than Ithamars descendants, they were divided so that Eleazars descendants had sixteen family leaders and Ithamars descendants had eight family leaders.
5 Both groups were divided impartially by drawing lots so that there were officers for the holy place and officers for God among both Eleazars and Ithamars descendants.
6 The scribe Shemaiah was a son of Nethanel and a descendant of Levi. Shemaiah recorded their names in the presence of the king, the princes, the priest Zadok, Ahimelech son of Abiathar, and the family leaders of the priests and Levites. One family was chosen for Eleazar, another for Ithamar.
7 The first lot drawn was for Jehoiarib, the second for Jedaiah,
8 the third for Harim, the fourth for Seorim,
9 the fifth for Malchiah, the sixth for Mijamin,
10 the seventh for Hakkoz, the eighth for Abijah,
11 the ninth for Jeshua, the tenth for Shecaniah,
12 the eleventh for Eliashib, the twelfth for Jakim,
13 the thirteenth for Huppah, the fourteenth for Jeshebeab,
14 the fifteenth for Bilgah, the sixteenth for Immer,
15 the seventeenth for Hezir, the eighteenth for Happizzez,
16 the nineteenth for Pethahiah, the twentieth for Jehezkel,
17 the twenty-first for Jachin, the twenty-second for Gamul,
18 the twenty-third for Delaiah, the twenty-fourth for Maaziah.
19 These were their priestly groups when they went to serve at Jehovahs temple. Their ancestor Aaron made these rules for them, as Jehovah God of Israel had commanded him.
20 The following men were leaders for Levis descendants from Kohath: Jehdeiah for Amrams descendants through Shubael,
21 Isshiah for Amrams descendants through Rehabiah,
22 Jahath for Izhars descendants through Shelomoth,
23 Jeriah for Hebrons descendants, Amariah the second of Hebrons descendants, Jahaziel the third of Hebrons descendants, Jekameam the fourth of Hebrons descendants,
24 Shamir for Uzziels descendants through Micah,
25 and Zechariah for Uzziels descendants through Micahs brother Isshiah.
26 The following men were leaders from Levis descendants from Merari: Mahli, Mushi, and Meraris son Jaaziah,
27 Shoham, Zaccur, and Ibri for Meraris descendants through his son Jaaziah,
28 Eleazar who had no sons, for Mahlis descendants,
29 Jerahmeel for Mahlis descendants through Kish,
30 Mahli, Eder, and Jerimoth for Mushis descendants. These were Levis descendants according to their families.
31 They drew lots as their relatives, Aarons descendants, had done. They drew them in front of King David, Zadok, Ahimelech, and the leaders of the families of the priests and Levites. The families of the oldest brother were treated the same way as those of the youngest.